March 24, 2013 Subject:
Super tight, great playing. Lots to offer.
Incredible performance by these guys, right here. The sound of this tape is **superb** for an aud. It's got high-end clarity and the bass guitar is super present. Love this sound.
Playing-wise, the band is fantastic. "Space Monkeys" opens the set, and they sound very tight. Really, really well-played version with the right amount of energy and force.
Things achieve lift-off early on with the "Devil's Haircut" jam, though. Caton turns on his tremolo unit, and Tony becomes really active on the piano. The result is an incredibly responsive interplay between the rest of the band, with Scott picking up the pace of his drum fills and John being in lock-step with the push and pull of the rythms.
Things space out for a while before the jam coalesces and Caton finds a truly delightful melody on the guitar around the 6 minute mark, which visibly energizes the rest of the band. This is great stuff right here.
Reaching cruising altitude, the band then takes a sharp left turn into some more exploratory territory, bringing the dynamics down with them. Scott changes up the feel, throwing some rim-clicks into an almost reggae-drop feeling. Then, out of the ether, a new romp is formed and the band finds their 2nd major rhythmic theme. By the 10:00 mark, we are in HEAVY dance territory. Amazing. Forgot that I had shit to type.
As the jam winds down, Caton starts to mess around with a melody that unfolds into "Colorado" and the band pull off a remarkable segue. Class A shit right here man. "Colorado" is well-played and comes off without a hitch, their vocals sounding great. This gives Tony a chance to show off his piano skillz, which he does admirably.
"Puppy..." follows and is short and to the point, an energetic version of a great song. Does the trick.
"One Too Many" closes things out in splendid fashion, though. I love the opening chord progression; the band is super tight and the playing is right on. Caton adds some really tasteful delay and the band really vibes on this version. Lots of dynamic swelling, and Caton really shreds his ending solo. Great version.